Avalanche, accidents add snow-related deaths in Europe

Global warming is a funny thing, doing the exact opposite of the predictions. 

BELGRADE, Serbia – Heavy snowfall this week in the Balkans has closed down schools, left some remote villages cut off and disrupted traffic and power supplies in the region, while authorities in Bulgaria said two snowboarders died in an avalanche Friday.

The Bulgarian Red Cross said in a statement the snowboarders’ bodies were found at noon local time in the Pirin Mountains. The statement alleged the two triggered the avalanche that killed them after ignoring warnings and weather alerts.

At least 20 weather-related deaths have been reported in Europe in the past week. In Germany, the driver of a snow plow died Friday after his vehicle toppled into an icy river. Albania’s Energy Ministry said a power company employee suffered a fatal heart attack while repairing damaged supply lines.

About 2,000 soldiers and other emergency workers in Albania were assigned to help people trapped by snow and to clear roads to restore access to rural areas.

Via the AP.